Opening Day Forecast: Warmer with a Chance of Rain

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Showers are likely for parts of the North Island during the day on Saturday with the greatest chance for dry weather along the east coast from Gisborne to Wairarapa. "Snow totals ranged from 1.5" at the airport officially to as much as 13" in the foothills west of town. Scattered showers are likely through the day with highs in the mid 60s. Best heavy rain threat will be northwest of the area, but can't totally remove the possibility in our area.

"We expect heavy snow showers to start developing in places from midweek; many northern and western areas will be at most risk from Wednesday". That included one day where the temperature reached 74 degrees (on April 4) and one day where it reached 81 degrees (on April 10).

Meteorologist Mark Larson says it'll be brighter and warmer Wednesday but there's more gray skies and rain chances on the way to Kansas tonight and Thursday. A transient cold front will bring the highest rain chances of the forecast period on Friday. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

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This afternoon through Thursday midday: Northeasterly with a light to moderate breeze of 04 to 13 miles per hour.

With our front off the coast in time for the holiday weekend, the prospects for a dry Easter and Passover look pretty good, although temperatures will trend slightly cooler behind our front. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s and low 50s. Highs for this weekend, look to be in the upper 30's to low 40's.

Highs on Thursday will climb to the low 50s, melting away the snow.

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Showers will continue through Wednesday morning but gradually become more isolated and end during the afternoon.

It will stay chilly for Easter Sunday with highs in the low to mid 30s.

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